I found this title recently, and think it may be The One which will teach me to sew. I have another book on beginning sewing, but this one is truly perfect.
Nice pictures of various types of hems and stitches.
A sewing pattern talking about everything inside and outside of the envelope. How to lay the pattern on material, pin it down and cut it.
I appreciate the step by step so much. Many books assume everyone knows these things, but alas, not I.
A nice section on hand stitches, which made me look at the book in the first place.
The very first project is a rectangular tablecloth, how beautiful and practical. All of the projects are things I'd love to make, rather than 20 pillow variations (though there is a pillow.)
The book is by The editors of Creative Publishing International. I'm not familiar with them, but am happy with their work.